Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

John Carpenter - Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
Liked by 1 person
October 20, 2017 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Horror Synth / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

His influence seeps deeper into the mainstream of popular culture with every passing year, prowling our neighbourhoods like the menacing Shape of Halloween, hiding in plain sight like the skinless alien invaders of They Live. I'd happily spend the whole winter tied to this fucking couch listening. Better yet, go watch the movies.

83
Consequence of Sound
It may prove to be a little uncanny valley for veteran fans who grew up seeking out his soundtracks in vintage shops and MP3 blogs, but it also feels like a celebration — for us, for horror, and especially for Carpenter.
80
Loud and Quiet
A true auteur, Carpenter’s every move works perfectly within his wider catalogue, and this anthology is no exception.
80
AllMusic
For anyone who isn't already familiar with Carpenter's films or music, this is a handy way to become acquainted.
80
The Independent
This collection of re-recorded themes confirms his keen attention to mood and tonal colour, though the alterations are sometimes irritating.
80
Pitchfork

Anthology is a bold, often dazzling throwback, a grand suite rendered in crystalline keyboards and lavish synths.

75
Under The Radar
As far as a John Carpenter "Greatest Hits" album goes, it's not going to get better than this.
60
PopMatters

Obviously, all of these themes are readily available to anyone with access to YouTube, but the hardcore film geek audience this compilation is targeted at will likely be delighted to have it all in one place. Anthology is great for them; the rest of us can pick and choose at our leisure without having to listen to all 13 in a row.

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Track List

  1. In The Mouth Of Madness
  2. Assault On Precinct 13
  3. The Fog
  4. Prince Of Darkness
  5. Santiago (Vampires)
  6. Escape From New York
  7. Halloween
  8. Porkchop Express (Big Trouble In Little China)
  9. They Live
  10. The Thing
  11. Starman
  12. Dark Star
  13. Christine

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Added on: August 22, 2017